Saturday, June 19, 2010

Krill, transformed.







Opem maw. Blue Whale skeleton at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, University of British Columbia.

Did you spot the vestigial pelvic girdle?

3 comments:

ksdoolittle said...

Those are some pretty intense photos of a remarkable skeleton! The whales are beginning to wander into the waters here in Atlantic Canada. Isn't it such an exciting time of year? ~karen

Hugh said...

Karen, interestingly, this whale was from the Atlantic. It was found in PEI, and was buried there for 20 years. They dug it up to find it had not decomposed very much at all. The smell must of been unreal. It still, cleaned and treated and rearticulated, smells.

eskarina said...

Thanks for the intro to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. I'd never heard of it, but will definatly try and get out to the next free openhouse.